Audition FAQs

NOTE: Due to Covid-19, we are pausing auditions for the time being, but please do log your interest if you'd like further information when we restart recruitment.

When are you holding auditions in my region?

Audition days are held regionally throughout the UK at different times of the year. Please check the calendar here for upcoming dates. Please note, some regions may wait to schedule audition dates until after expressions of interest are received. If you have any questions, please contact Auditions Director, Gillian Green on [email protected]

How can my group audition for LMN?

Log your interest here. Once we receive your request, we'll keep it on file and contact you when we start recruitment again. (See Covid-19 note above.)

I don't have a band/group to perform with. May I still audition?

LMN selects its musicians, as soloists or in groups (usually of up to 5 people).

I'm an established musician and have been performing for many years. May I apply?

Musicians in the early stages of their performing career and resident in the UK and Ireland may apply. Musicians joining LMN have generally finished their advanced musical training and are beginning to establish themselves are professional performers. There is no age limit to audition.

Does each member of the group have to fill in a separate audition application form?

Yes, each member of the group must fill in a form. If you need help please email [email protected].

I work during the day time. Can I still apply?

Most LMN performances take place on weekdays during the daytime. Any other commitments should allow you some availability during these times in order to be able to accept LMN work.

Is there any kind of music that isn't suitable?

All live music is suitable. If you need to use electronic equipment you must be able to provide your own, transport it and be able to set up easily.

Is there an age limit?

There is no age limit. LMN was established to help musicians at the outset of their careers with continued professional development and paid performance opportunities. Musicians are generally in transition in the period between leaving institutions or advanced musical training and becoming established. The charity is flexible when considering special cases (e.g. singers and musicians from diverse cultural traditions).

Musicians joining LMN have frequently been undertaking or embarking upon post graduate courses. They are usually between the ages of 20 and 30 and looking to expand and develop their musical and outreach skills. There are no hard and fast rules and we look at each individual case as it arises.

How long would I remain on the scheme?

In general, we would expect you to remain on the scheme for at least 4 years after you are accepted at audition, and not more than 6 years. However, again, we are flexible when considering special cases.

How much do we get paid?

Fees vary depending on the length and type of performance. These are reviewed annually in order to ensure that they compare favourably with the fee scales of similar organisations and are within the professional bodies' guidelines. LMN contributes towards the cost of travel and subsistence when you are away from home and covers accommodation costs as necessary.

How much does it cost to audition?

A non-refundable audition fee of £25 per musician must be received with the application form. If you think you may have a problem paying the audition fee, please discuss this with the Auditions Director.

My group can no longer attend our scheduled audition time.

Please advise the Auditions Director immediately as audition schedules and specialist panels are organised weeks in advance. If you cancel less than 3 weeks before your scheduled audition date, you group will need to pay another audition fee if you wish to re-apply.

I live outside the United Kingdom. Can I apply?

Only musicians who are resident and have permission to work in the UK may apply.

I am still a student. Can I apply?

Yes. However, you need to consider whether you have time available to attend training and give performances on weekdays during the daytime, when most performances take place. Tier 4 visa holders should consult their sponsoring higher education institutions for guidance on employment and external engagements. 

I am a Tier 4 visa holder. Can I apply?

Tier 4 visa holders should consult their sponsoring higher education institutions for guidance on employment and external engagements.  You also need to consider whether you have time available to attend training and give performances on weekdays during the daytime, when most performances take place

Will I need to apply for a CRB/Disclosure Scotland/Access Northern Ireland check?

All musicians accepted on to the scheme will need to possess a current (less than 4 years) check at Enhanced level. If musicians need to apply for a new check they will be guided through the procedure.

Where will we be offered work?

Performances and workshops take place all over the UK in a wide variety of settings. Once accepted onto the scheme you may be asked to work anywhere in the UK, not just where you are based.

Do we have to play in all types of venues?

Live Music Now will try to organise work to suit you or your group. We will always ask first if you are happy to play in a particular kind of venue and if there are situations with which you are not comfortable, you will be able to say no to these.

How do I get to the venues?

Live Music Now does not provide or organise transport for you, but will pay for your petrol or train, bus etc.

When do performances take place?

Mostly on weekdays during the day. If you are working for a period of time away from your home-base, this means staying overnight in the part of the country where the work is taking place.

Do I have to accept all the work that LMN offers me?

No. If you are not available, another group will be offered the work.

How many bookings will the group get?

On average, LMN groups will be offered a minimum of 12-20 a year.

Can I do other work as well as working for Live Music Now?

Yes. All musicians on the scheme are freelance and do a range of other performances and work.

What kind of training will I get?

Live Music Now will offer training and support throughout your time on the scheme.